Thursday, August 12, 2010
Jamborees next for some squads
By BARRY BURLESON
Three football teams in Marshall County will take part in preseason jamborees this week.
The Marshall Academy Patriots go to Grenada Thursday night. Byhalia and H.W. Byers will play in a jamboree Saturday evening hosted by the Indians.
“We’re making progress (in practice),” said James Kimbrough, head coach of the Lions. “But we will get a little better look at our team in the jamboree.”
Keith Wicker, head coach at MA, actually got an early look at his team against some competition during scrimmages Friday at Tunica. The Patriots faced Marvell (Ark.), Tunica Academy and Clarksdale Lee.
“It went well,” Wicker said. “Nobody scored on us, and we scored on everybody. I was pleased.
“I know we missed a lot of blocks, but I also know offensively we were pretty explosive at times.”
He said he was pleased with his team’s effort on defense, too.
At Kirk Academy Thursday night, Marshall will play North Delta at 5 p.m., Indianola at 6 p.m. and Kirk at 7 p.m.
“We will see what we can do,” Wicker said. “It will give us an idea of how we match up with our district teams.”
Byhalia High School will welcome four other schools for a jamboree on campus Saturday starting at 5 p.m. Byers is scheduled to face Coldwater in game two and Byhalia meets Port Gibson in the nightcap.
Both the Indians and Lions shifted practices to 6 p.m. last week due to the extreme heat.
“We’ve been getting work in but not at the levels I want,” said Markeith Washington, head coach of the Indians. “I’m not satisfied yet.”
He said he hopes for a better week of practice leading up the jamboree.
“It will be hot again this week, and it will be hot when we play Saturday,” Washington said. “But the season is about to start, and we still have a lot we need to accomplish (in preseason work).”
At Byers, Coach Kimbrough agreed that the heat has been slowing things down.
“But we’re making progress,” he said.
This will be Byers’ first year of varsity football.
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